Why Pre-College in
Pre-College students at CET New Zealand are motivated learners seeking an outside-the-box summer adventure. Spend four weeks in Hamilton—also known as Kirikiriroa—exploring environmental challenges and solutions from an indigenous Pacific perspective. Enroll in a core course that embraces the city as your classroom, learn the basics of Te Reo Māori, and experience noho marae, an overnight stay at a traditional meeting house for Māori tribes and families.
Coursework & Syllabi
Your core course focuses on studying indigenous approaches to environmental issues, while your conversational Te Reo Māori class gives you a crash course in the local indigenous language.
This course helps you to examine the theories of indigenous formations of sustainability. Explore environmental ethics and approaches in a range of local, regional, and international sites with a geographic focus on Aotearoa (Māori for New Zealand). In-class discussions are paired with real world experiences as you go on activities and excursions that utilize the Waikato region as a live classroom.
- ENVR 141 Sustainability in Māori, Pacific, and Indigenous Contexts
3 credits | 45 hours
This course provides you with a basic introduction to Te Reo Māori and is more of a “Survival Māori” course. It is not expected to replace any college-level language course, rather it is meant to complement your summer in Hamilton. This course sticks to the basics, but also includes some vocabulary words that are relevant to your core course.
- LANG 105 Beginning Conversational Te Reo Māori
1 credit | 15 hours
Rethinking the Environment and Sustainability
The environmental issues facing the world today are complex. In confronting these problems, it is crucial to consider varying approaches and perspectives. Head to Hamilton, New Zealand and examine how indigenous communities—particularly those of the Pacific—have built sustainability into their ways of life for many generations. Explore indigenous environmental ethics using the Māori people and their approaches as a case study.
Explore concepts from the classroom all around the Waikato region. Each summer is different, but you might:
Live in a homestay with a local family and share a room with one other CET student. Your home is in a residential neighborhood of Hamilton, just walking distance from the University of Waikato, where your classes are held. And your host family provides you with instant community—help your host parents prepare Saturday morning breakfast, watch a movie with your host sister or brother. At the end of your four weeks, you’ll find that New Zealand isn’t simply somewhere you visited, it’s a place you called home.
Experience Campus Life
Learning to share a space with new people and live without the comforts of home is a big adjustment. And on top of tackling college coursework, a foreign culture, and a new language…you’re in for a summer of learning. But with round-the-clock support from on-site staff and your new community abroad, you’ll go home ready to take on any challenge that comes your way.
Eating in Hamilton
Grab breakfast at home, share dinners with your host family, and eat lunches with classmates at the College Hall of the University of Waikato, the on-campus dining hall. Some of your meals are taken as a group at local restaurants while on excursion or during various program activities. This summer, have a meal cooked in a hāngī (a traditional Māori method of preparing food in the ground), enjoy the freshest fish and chips you’ve ever had, and try hokey pokey ice cream.
Seated on the banks of the mighty Waikato River, Hamilton—and the Waikato region—is at the heart of Māori culture. With a rich history and vibrant culture, this lively city on the North Island balances a college town vibe with deep-seated indigenous culture. Have a picnic at Hamilton Lake. Go on a family “tramp” with your host parents. Unwind at a café on Victoria Street. Attend a rugby match. Life in Hamilton offers something for everyone.
Out and About
Go for a bushwalk at Maungatautari Ecological Reserve to see native flora and fauna. Spend the day at Raglan, a laid back beach town known for surfing. Visit Hobbiton in Matamata to see the movie set from The Lord of the Rings. See a 200-year-old carved waka (canoe) at the Waikato Museum of Art and History. Every summer the program offers different activities that let you get to know New Zealand, the local culture, and your classmates.
Away From the City
Head out of town for an overnight noho marae—a stay at a traditional meeting house for Māori tribes and families. Learn about Māori customs and traditions. Enjoy a traditionally prepared meal. Learn a few waiata (songs) and sing them with participants. Attend workshops that dive deeper into Māori culture and language. On a separate excursion, explore Auckland City with classmates. Climb an inactive volcano, shop at local stores, then have ice cream on the beach.
2020 Summer Fees
2020 Summer Fees: $6,190
All of your classes and course materials are included with your tuition.
All of your meals are included with your program fees. For off-campus meals, we provide you with a food stipend.
We arrange for you to live in a homestay with a local family and possible one other CET student.
We are your support network. From pre-departure questions to academic support to emergency management, we’ve got your back.
You’re provided with a comprehensive insurance plan through GeoBlue. It even includes evacuation coverage for individual medical emergencies.
The activities and excursions that we arrange are included in your program fee. All you need to do is remember to bring your camera!
You receive an official transcript from Dickinson College at the end of the program… the icing on the cake for your college applications.
For CET high school and pre-college programs, you must:
- Be between ages 15-18
- Be a rising junior or senior in high school, or a recent graduate not yet enrolled in a college or university degree program
Competitive applicants are motivated high school students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. However, admission decisions are made on a case-by-case basis, so students with lower GPAs are still encouraged to apply.
Complete the application through your online CET account. This is a brief form that asks for basic information and has a few short answer questions about why you want to study abroad.
Your online CET account has specific instructions for submitting an official transcript.
Use the link in your online account to send a recommendation request to one of your current or previous instructors.
Price Subject to Change:
CET reserves the right to increase quoted charges at any time without prior notification, based on increased instruction costs, exchange rate fluctuation or other cost increases beyond CET’s control.